Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tips for Fishing for Walleye, Sauger

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tips for Fishing for Walleye, Sauger

Article excerpt

Walleye and sauger fishing on the Mississippi River hasn't been great this year, not nearly as good as last year, said Larry Woodward, a professional guide who fishes the river several times a week.

"Last year you could catch fish lots of places you can't now," he said. "And last year I was getting limits (eight per angler) of fish almost every day through January and February. This winter limits have come a lot harder."

Here are his tips for fishing for walleye and sauger on the Mississippi between Alton, Ill., and Hannibal, Mo., in the winter.

Where:

Below Winfield Dam the best place is downstream from the three roller gates in the middle of the dam. These are always closed in the winter and a 250-yard-long submerged island has formed below them at depths of 15-50 feet. Woodward fishes from 1/2-mile below the dam down to the ferry crossing.

Below Clarksville Dam the best fishing is from the middle of the river eastward from 400 yards below the dam down several hundred yards. …

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